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July 16, 2015


The Iran Nuclear Deal: Commentary from RAND Experts

For nearly two years, RAND researchers have been engaged in a broad, forward-thinking exercise to explore what the "Days After a Deal" might look like in terms of U.S. policy options, Iran's foreign policy, and regional responses from Israel and Saudi Arabia.

And now that a nuclear agreement has been struck, experts remain focused on the future—exploring what may come next in a series of commentaries published this week.

RAND Experts Answer Questions About the Days Ahead

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Lynn Davis, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Alireza Nader, and Jeffrey Martini reflect on what's ahead. The group addresses questions including how the United States may de-emphasize military threats against Iran in the region, what kind of reaction can be expected from anti-American conservatives who hold power in Iran, and what the possibility of warmer U.S.-Iran relations may mean to Israel.

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Here's What Will Happen If the Iran Deal Falls Through

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

CMEPP Director Dalia Dassa Kaye discusses the implications of a no-deal outcome: "No one should be under the illusion that even a strong nonproliferation agreement that prevents all possible pathways toward the Iranian bomb will magically transform this volatile region. But on balance, the Middle East would be better off with a good nuclear deal than without one."

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Iran Deal Not a Panacea, but a Pragmatic Necessity

Meeting to discuss Iran nuclear deal

Alireza Nader describes the nuclear deal as imperfect. However, "...it prevents Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability in the near future while giving some space for Iranian proponents of change. The nuclear deal is a pragmatic necessity rather than a panacea."

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